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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 16, 2011 8:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

One of my fav GD tunes. What show(s) would you rec.?
I love the post, Across the Rio Grand-eo, jam. Very sweet.
This song had three eras, '72-'74, '76-'82 and '85-'95. Lots of double digit, number of shows played between, when you hit the '80's.

The lyrics are top notch by Hunter.
I know my Daddy cried.
Silver mine a nod to UJB?
Any seaman out there that can add anything to the 3rd verse?
A flash of images or a definite theme to the whole of the song ?

On the day that I was born
Daddy sat down and cried
I had the mark just as plain as day
which could not be denied
They say that Cain caught Abel
rolling loaded dice,
ace of spades behind his ear
and him not thinking twice

Half-step
Mississippi Uptown Toodleloo
Hello baby, I'm gone, goodbye
Half a cup of rock and rye
Farewell to you old southern sky
I'm on my way - on my way

If all you got to live for
is what you left behind
get yourself a powder charge
and seal that silver mine
I lost my boots in transit babe
A pile of smoking leather
Nailed a retread to my feet
and prayed for better weather

Half-step
Mississippi Uptown Toodleloo
Hello, baby, I'm gone, good-bye
Half a cup of rock and rye
Farewell to you old southern sky
I'm on my way - on my way

They say that when your ship comes in
the first man takes the sails
The second takes the afterdeck
The third the planks and rails
What's the point to callin shots?
This cue ain't straight in line
Cueball's made of styrofoam
and no one's got the time

Half-step
Mississippi Uptown Toodleloo
Hello baby, I'm gone, goodbye
Half a cup of rock and rye
Farewell to you old southern sky
I'm on my way - on my way

Across the Rio Grand-eo
Across the lazy river
Across the Rio Grand-eo
Across the lazy river

Here are some extras,

http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/halfstep.html
http://www.mississippihalfstep.com/history.html
http://tinyurl.com/6k9znlv

edit - Thanks everyone

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2011-01-16 16:55:39

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2011 8:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

It's one of my favorite songs, too... it's the source for my Screen Name. I gotta go with 7/18/76: sparkly, slow, and so mel-low...

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Jan 16, 2011 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

one of my favorites also styro!!~ here's a latter day one that rocks>> one of my fav shows also!! http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-07-07.schoeps.wigley.2309.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 16, 2011 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Check this source,
http://www.archive.org/details/gd87-07-07.beyer.connor.2584.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jan 16, 2011 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Try This Utterly Obvious Choice This Morning - Still trying to drown out the sound of the PF Chang marathon erupting all over town... Gotta love the sound of Eddie Money at 7:30 in the freakin AM!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-25.sbd.shannon.13399.sbefail.shnf

Massive Opener that signals what is to come on this top 10 1977 show. Great reviews on the site tell the story... Loud enough to drown out the Long Distant Runners!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 16, 2011 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Try this source Captain:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-25.sbd.miller.87591.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jan 16, 2011 9:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Thanks, wasn't sure which source I had been using all these years. Also, the Boston 5/7/77 is steller and needs no introduction...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-07.sbd.miller.88525.flac16

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Good pick, captain!

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Poster: Grateful Rat Date: Jan 16, 2011 11:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Great Peggy-O Jerry takes the solo up and up and just when you think hes bringing it back down to the verse, he keeps right on going. Thanks for the suggestion Capt

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Poster: madmonkmcphee Date: Jan 16, 2011 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

12/31/72 is my all time favorite, if only for the last minute or so. Jerry seems to not wanna let this one go and the outro stretches out a little further than usual, very dynamic. In my opinion, some of the later ones just lack that jazzy quality that only having one drummer brings out, I dunno..... mcphee ya later!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jan 18, 2011 5:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Nice Half-Step in Tuscaloosa Sean. Are you familiar with this show?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-17.sbd.weiner.18554.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

What would be a good one from say '72 or '73?

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Poster: steam locomotive Date: Jan 16, 2011 4:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

A lot of folks go for 1977 for the barnburning solos, but the '73 versions are sweeter. Try this one on (also from DP14):

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-02.aud.vernon.17278.sbeok.shnf

The post-Lazy River jam has some gorgeous interplay between Jerry and Keith that I've never heard in any other version.

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Poster: Travv Date: May 15, 2011 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

One of, if not my favorite Gd song. So many great versions and shows, July 1, 73, and May 26, 77 in particular.

Hunter weaves many themes into song verses. Conjecture as to meanings:

A song of passing on to the great beyond. Farewell to you ol' southern skies...The Mississippi Summer of Freedom 1964 when 3 civil rights workers were murdered and the marches in '65, particularly from Selma to Montgomery when marchers were attacked and driven back across the bridge over the river.

Disappointment lies and fraud in life. When we think we've hit the jackpot or found freedom, the ship of life is ripped off by those meant to keep it safe and dismantled, the game is rigged, the pool cue isn't straight, loaded dice, cue ball made of styrofoam, and "no one's got the time"- no one knows what's going on or what's right.

Death involves crossing the river Styx in mythology, or in this case, across the Rio Grande.

Lost my boots in transit... protesters were attacked and beaten on the way to Selma and only made it half-way. Dual meanings- Also, Jerry did indeed lose his boots in a car crash where he was thrown from the car sometime in the mid sixties. Jerry had also once been on a trip to the deep south to learn about and collect old blues songs before they disappeared around about that time.

If all you've got to live for is what you've left behind, get yourself a powder-charge and seal that silver mine. The conservative southerners who used guns and powder to attack and kill the marchers in order to keep the old south from evolving into a more harmonious south.

Hello baby I'm gone goodbye- Mississippi half-step uptown toodeloo~ a farewell, a dance to an impending end but going out with a half a cup of glory-

They say that Cain caught Abel rolling loaded dice, "On the day that I was born daddy sat down and cried, I had the mark just as plain as day it could not be denied" of the beast, biblical references to the inherent capacity for evil in all humans.

Would have to ask Hunter personally about these possibilities, what else went into the verses?



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Poster: hasher Date: Jan 16, 2011 11:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-02-27.bertrando.vernon.10378.sbeok.shnf

and

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-06-09.akg-bertrando.winters.26450.sbeok.shnf

of course.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

9/3/77 probably the best version

Other standouts

11/6/77
3/27/85
9/16/91

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Poster: Zaorish Date: Jan 16, 2011 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

My favorites:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-31.sbd.miller.32353.sbeok.flac16
^ Fast, with a very emotional, desperate feel and a bittersweet ending riff from Jerry. Segues sweetly into Must Have Been the Roses.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd78-12-12.sbd-patched.cotsman.19895.sbeok.shnf
^ punchy, hits the high notes fast, nice "sorta-clipping" sounding sbd. The climactic ending slams into an equally bouncy and joyful Franklin's.

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Poster: utopian Date: Jan 16, 2011 7:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Good call

12-12-78 is as good as it gets!!!!

Others
4-8-78
11-23-78

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Poster: utopian Date: Jan 17, 2011 9:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Actually

I listened to all 1/2 steps listed and more
4-8-78 is creamy

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Poster: utopian Date: Jan 17, 2011 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

11-2-79 is blistering as well

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jan 16, 2011 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Fall 1977 is the best place for monster versions. 9-3-77 is excellent as is this show:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-11-06.sbd.nawrocki.283.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Pig Street ! Date: Jan 16, 2011 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

RRRRRRRRRaceway Park of Course!

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2011 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

I was thinking about Micah's other question: is there a theme to the lyrics? It seems to me to be about a hard luck case, whose plans keep failing, yet he hasn't given up. He will keep moving onto other things until he makes it... "I'm Gone, goodbye... I'm on my way... etc." He rejects rigged games/sytems (cue aint straight in line), and tries to live by his own rules. The line "They say that when your ship comes in" is telling, because it means the speaker's ship hasn't yet come in, he's just imagining what it would be like... which causes Hunter to spin off into some seafaring jargon.

That's my take, anyway... :D

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Poster: Reade Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Yes the line means his ship hasn't come in yet but far more to me it's saying that when it does it's not YOUR ship for very long, as others flood in to assume various roles and duties.
I believe the singer is saying we're conditioned to want the thing to come in but really, when you think abot it, so what if it does?
There's nothing you can hold for very long.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jan 16, 2011 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Nice! I see your point...

There's a good '73 Half-Step on Dick's Picks #1...

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jan 16, 2011 4:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Well I've always had another take on this song. The singer is a kind of carefree soul, a rambler, yes, a gambler, but without roots. He has memories of good times down south, but lets go of all the bad (seal that silver mine) and moves on, looking for better times. In some ways, this is as upbeat as Hunter ever gets, with the exception of Sugar Magnolia. This is a happy song.

Also one of my favorites now learning to play guitar.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 17, 2011 7:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

No Half-Step > Franklin's recs '80's fans ?

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jan 17, 2011 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

2 of my favorites:

Not an 80's fan, but these aren't 80's shows.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-08-05.mtx.menke.motb-0100.98716.flac16

Great aud source, even with the flubs at the beginning:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-09-01.aud.10363.sbeok.shnf

The Half-Step>Franklin's was a superior combo (imo) to the later Stranger>Franklin's, but Franklin's belongs with its friends Help & Slip.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 16, 2011 11:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo

Not necessarily a favorite of mine, so "versions" are not that recognizable to me, and I seldom find the time to listen to an entire show anymore. I have always found the studio version, from Wake of the Flood to be a catchy tune that I enjoy when I hear it.